A woman listens to headphones as she stands next to a bike
image © Alex Kershaw
Past Event

Rider Spoke - Blast Theory

Sun 23 May 2021
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Cycle through the streets, searching for the perfect place to hide a secret. Ride on and the voices of strangers will draw you to new and unknown places

Rider Spoke invites you on a ride guided by a smartphone app with a narrator and a delicate score by Blanket. Think about the people in your life while you search for hiding places. Record messages and share them with strangers you will never meet. To cycle alone, in the evening, with no particular destination offers a rare freedom.  

Rider Spoke premiered with a sold-out season at the Barbican in London and has since been shown in 20 cities worldwide. 

Based in Brighton, Blast Theory create internationally celebrated experiences that explore how we connect with strangers and how technology shapes society.

‘A gloriously enlivening piece of theatre ...the show’s greatest gift is that it manages to embrace the remorseless rush of the City while insisting on the individual’s ability to pierce it with quiet reflection.’ Metro

Access & Safety


Please bring your own bike to take part in Rider Spoke, Brighton Festival does not provide bikes for use at the event. Please ensure that the bike you are using is road-safe and maintained. Information about bike maintenance is available here. Don’t have a bike? It’s easy to rent one from BTN Bikes

Please note that you need to wear a helmet to take part in Rider Spoke. We have a limited number of helmets available for you to borrow.


We have tested Rider Spoke for use by audiences with diverse access needs. We welcome you to take part on your bicycle, wheelchair, mobility scooter, alternative cycle or on foot. We also offer some access technologies, suggested routes and additional assistance - including a free ticket for your carer or buddy - on request. Please read the Access FAQs to find out more and contact the Ticket Office to book a ticket with additional assistance. For full T's & C's click here

Rider Spoke at Brighton Festival 2021 is supported by BTN Bikeshare
Life's a ride. Discover Brighton & Hove and join the cycling revolution.
Age 16+

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A woman listens to headphones on a bike at the Barbican Centre

5 Minutes With The Creators of Rider Spoke

We speak to artist Nick Tandavanitj to find out more about the work and how you can take part.

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